Is the promised ‘good life’ just a myth?

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyanese economy has now lost its ability to grow at five per cent. How did this happen over the last 3½ years (2014-mid 2017)? The last time Guyana grew above five per cent was in the year 2013 (5.2 per cent).If we retrace our steps to the period 1991-2013 (starting with Hoyte’s time), we will see that during this period, Guyana experienced measurable progress in poverty reduction, strong job creation and real income growth for the average resident. But all of this changed in 2014 under Ramotar and has gotten worst since the arrival of Granger.  Is this five per cent growth irretrievably lost?Does this mean that the ‘good life’ is a myth once Granger is in power?Between 1991 and 2013, Gross Domestic Product per capita expanded 10 times over. Let me be absolutely clear about what I am saying here. The wealth of the average Guyanese resident expanded 10 times in size over those 22 years. The facts are there to prove that every President from Hoyte to Jagdeo did a phenomenal job at expanding the economy. Ramotar, fortunately, benefited from the Jagdeo steam but that was a strategy and by 2014, it had evaporated.In my books, it all comes down to leadership. In the hallowed halls of the Office of the President, more people are concluding that Ramotar and Granger are the Mutt and Jeff in the annals of Guyana’s presidential history because they collective did so little to advance Guyana economically.But to expose where Granger is taking the nation, the International Monetary Fund in its latest staff paper projected that the growth forecast for the period 2017 to 2019 will be a measly average of 3.5 per cent. We can safely say that the Guyanese economy ran into its reserve tank under Ramotar, but today under Granger all the gas has evaporated.I spoke to a Guyanese-born Floridian economist who told me that in conversations he had with Candidate Granger before May 2015, he found him to be very financially dull. Well, I do not have to talk to Granger to find that out, one just has to look at the performance of the real sectors under his leadership and the economy in general, and you can quickly conclude that as the Head of State, he is critically clueless on his responsibilities to the people.While the Granger apologists like to claim that they are bringing an end to the drug economy, the actual facts proved that since he came to power, labour-productivity growth has plummeted to its lowest point since the dark PNC days of 1983-1984 under Burnham. But to add salt to the people’s wounds, there are very little incentivisation measures being rolled out to feed the growth machine – the Private Sector.If you want to drive new investments you have to do something about the corporation tax rates.  If you want to drive labour productivity, you have to save jobs (not send home 10,000 sugar workers) and leave more money in the worker’s pockets.  If you want to motivate a nation, put them in their own homes. Irfaan Ali placed six times as much Guyanese from all races into their own homes compared to this Granger Administration. Can we see why this five per cent has disappeared under Granger?If we allow this Granger Team to destroy this natural five per cent growth rate, then a lot that we have enjoyed over those 22 years in this ‘Dear Land of Guyana’ will be destroyed.  This current economic implosion happening in Guyana does not hold any prisoners – all will be consumed, even if you have a PNC card.Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

No-Confidence Motion should be given its full legal effect under the law

first_imgDear Editor,Confidence in Government was lost on December 21, 2018. The No-Confidence Motion (NCM) should be given its full effect under the law.The People have a right to replace Government, which is merely their servant. Neither Government nor any third party (eg, GECOM) has the authority to obstruct the full effect of the NCM.Yet, Government continues to do anything to deny the NCM its full legal effect. This includes the call for or applause of House-to-House Registration which is not an Article 106 (6) and (7) requirement to install a new Government.A new Government must be installed immediately to avoid further exposure of the State to both foreign and domestic threats. Having a fallen Government at the helm of the State puts Guyana’s security and general welfare at significant risks.This is the essence of a NCM which seems to have gotten lost with all the unnecessary talk of registration. The security of the State is paramount, and it trumps the so-called readiness of GECOM. The State can collapse anytime, with or without GECOM.Having the fallen Granger Administration at the helm of Guyana invites instability. It is asking for intrusion against the State from foreign forces, and also domestic assault from within by armed groups.The arrival of thousands of Haitians with no allegiance to the State, when Guyana has a fallen regime in office, is a recipe for further internal danger. Until a new and stable Government is installed, these arrivals should temporarily cease.In the interim, civil society and the media must continue to put pressure on both Government and the Opposition to ensure that the NCM is given its full legal effect.As it is, Government’s actions have created irreparable injury to the State and democracy and may have destroyed future use of a NCM as a parliamentary convention. It is now fashionable to disregard substantive constitutional law. Here are a few examples.1. Instead of fresh elections “within three months,” the President replaced that in Article 106 (6) and (7) with elections in the “shortest” time possible. He has “hammered out” new law without any “role” from the legislature. No one knows what his law means.2. The formal detailed request by the Leader of the Opposition for the President and Cabinet to resign is cast aside with a handful of words: the request is being “examined.” Waiting for the President and Cabinet to resign is like waiting for Godot. That is, waiting for someone who never shows up.3. The Hon Minister of Security contradicts the President and is blunter. He openly dismissed that part of the Constitution which requires resignations as “legal fiction.” In other words, it is not a real request. Maybe the law needs to be in boldface font.It is a terrifying time to be a diplomat in Guyana, to witness coalition-flavoured democracy. Diplomats with vested interests in Guyana must be gravely concerned about the clear and present dangers posed by this coalition regime.They should also pressure State actors to give the NCM its full effect under the law.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

In the bag! West Brom’s official 25-man Premier League squad and U21 list

first_img1 With The Hawthorns’ faithful looking for a more stable year, Alan Irvine’s first team squad has been released.Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player”. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.West Bromwich AlbionPlayer (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1 Anichebe, Victor Chinedu (Yes)2 Baird, Christopher (Yes)3Blanco, Sebastian Marcelo (No)4Brunt, Christopher (Yes)5 Daniels, Luke Matthew (Yes)6Davidson, Jason (No)7 Dawson, Craig (Yes)8 Dorrans, Graham (No)9 Foster, Ben (Yes)10 Gamboa, Christian (No)11 Gardner, Craig (Yes)12 Ideye, Aide Brown (No)13 Lescott, Joleon Patrick (Yes)14 McAuley, Gareth Gerald (No)15 Morrison, James Clark (Yes)16 Mulumbu, Youssouf (No)17 Myhill, Glyn Oliver (Yes)18 Olsson, Jonas (No)19 Pocognoli, Sebastien (No)20 Samaras, Georgios (No)21 Sessegnon, Stephane (No)22 Varela, Silvestre (No)23 Yacob, Claudio (No)Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Atkinson, Wesley2 Barbir, Daniel3 Barrow, Daniel4 Berahino, Saido5 Birch, Aaron6 Campbell, Tahvon7 Cater, George8 Cleet, George Henry9 Daniels, Donervorn Joseph10 Donnellan, Shaun11 Edwards, Kyle Hakeem12 Ezewele, Joshua Aizenose13 Field, Samuel14 Fitzwater, Jack Joseph15 Gannon, Philip16 Garmston, Bradley17 Greenidge, Reiss James18 Gregory, Jamie19 Hall, Matthew Raymond20 Hallahan, Jack21 Howkins, Kyle22 Jones, Alexander23 Jones, Callam24 Mccourt, Robbie25 Miller, Ben Nicholas26 Moran, Evan27 Nabi, Adil28 Nabi, Samir29 O’Neil, Liam Christian James30 O’Sullivan, Mani31 Okoh, Ernest32 Pace, Ryan33 Palmer, Alexander34 Pritchatt, Callum George35 Roofe, Kemar36 Rose, Jack Joseph37 Ross, Ethan Walker38 Scrivens, Chay39 Smart, Tom40 Smith, James41 Sweeney, Bradley Stuart42 Vaikla, Andreas43 Ward, Joseph44 Wedderburn, Rees45 Wisdom, Andre46 Wright, Andrelast_img read more

Mt. SAC welcomes 25,350

first_img“I feel motivated, like this is my life. This is what I’m about to do,” Hegeman said. “Sometimes, it can be overwhelming, but I’m planning my future so that I do what I want to do.” sang.lee@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLuckily for Hulse, Mt. SAC recently completed construction on its $28 million, 70,000-square-feet Science Lab Center as part of the Measure R bond passed in 2001. The three-floor structure, containing 23 labs, is the first new science center since the school was originated in 1946. Mt. SAC Dean of Natural Sciences Larry Redinger believes that nearly one-third of the student population will use the facility this year. The center’s construction is the first phase in a project estimated to cost $70 million over five years to revamp the science and math departments. “Our natural sciences department is bigger than 20percent of all community colleges in California,” said Redinger, citing the department’s budget and the size of the faculty and student body. Mt. SAC has the highest enrollment for a single-campus community college in California. Mt. SAC’s vice president of student services, Audrey Yamagata-Noji, credits the increase of freshman to a vigorous recruiting plan the college made over the summer. “We worked conscientiously with our high schools to give students information about our programs. We also went to the concerts in the park, the West Covina mall and the farmers market,” Yamagata-Noji said. “We tell tell them that we are a very well-established college with the greatest array of courses and programs literally from A to Z, from airplane powerplant to zoology, we have the whole gamut.” Although focused solely on credits for matriculation, 20-year-old J.P. Hegeman said he hopes to go into either movie production or acting. Receiving his GED in Indiana, Hegeman said his first day at Mt. SAC gave him inspiration to pursue his ambitions. • Photo Gallery: “Back to school” WALNUT – Trading in pristine beaches on the Caribbean wasn’t an easy decision for Mt. San Antonio College freshman Shakira Hulse. But, on her first day of school, the 19-year-old Belize native expressed no regrets over making the trek to Walnut to pursue her professional dreams. Mt. SAC welcomed more than 25,350 students, a 7 percent increase from last year, to the new school year Monday for the first day of instruction. “My friends in Belize told me to come to Mt. SAC,” Hulse said. “I want to become a doctor and I heard they have good science programs.” last_img read more

‘The best young defender on the planet’ – Ferdinand raves about Ajax ace

first_imgRio Ferdinand has hailed Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt as ‘the best young defender on the planet’ following his outstanding display in their Champions League win over Juventus.The 19-year-old scored his side’s second goal as the Dutch giants stunned Juventus in the last eight of the Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate victory. getty De Ligt’s performances over recent years has seen him linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs, with his latest display set to bring about even more admirers in his direction.Prior to the club’s famous win on Tuesday, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag admitted that there is ‘zero chance’ of his young captain staying at the club beyond this summer.The teenager has been at the centre of a transfer tussle after team-mate De Jong agreed to join Barcelona at the end of the season in a £65m deal. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense MOST READ IN FOOTBALL huge blow Matthijs de Ligt produced a majestic display as Ajax shocked Juventus to advance to the last four of the Champions league Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest 2 The Spanish giants are also favourites to also land De Lig,  despite interest elsewhere from Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus.“There’s zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax,’ Ten Hag told Suddeutschen Zeitung.“There are so many clubs interested in him. He will leave us this summer, but I don’t know whether he’ll join Bayern or Barcelona.” revealed center_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REPLY 2 SORRY gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Frenkie de Jong will officially join Barcelona from Ajax in the summer “He’s the best young centre-half on the planet!”Rio Ferdinand is full of praise for Ajax and their young captain Matthijs de Ligt ✖️✖️✖️What a team 👏 pic.twitter.com/j32EqfTmYm— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 16, 2019And following the game the Manchester United legend was full of praise for the centre-half.“De Ligt, the best young centre-half on the planet,” the former England defender said on BT Sport.“He has beautiful and majestic ball-playing ability and scored a huge goal as well there as well.“The blend they’ve got with the young players and the older more experienced players – Tadic was almost given away by Southampton and is now producing miracles in the Champions League this year.“It’s exciting times for Ajax.” whoops last_img read more

Dundee United sign Dutch forward Nick van der Velden on one-year-deal

first_imgSpeaking to the media while the deal was being finalised, McKinnon said: “We’ve been looking at Nick for a while now.“He’s a fantastic footballer with a great pedigree. He is going to bring quality to the team and experience. We are really excited about bringing him in here.”Van der Velden, who has spent his entire career so far in Holland, has operated as both a striker and winger, boasting a creative spark in the final third.“He’s a top footballer.” McKinnon noted. “Hopefully he can create goals [and] score goals. His experience with the young players around him will help [us]. He’s a big lad and a very good footballer who has played at the highest level. “He’ll be an invaluable addition to our squad.”The Dutchman becomes McKinnon’s first overseas signing at United and is confident he will set the Championship alight.“I’ve got some contacts in Holland.” McKinnon revealed. “We were looking for certain types of players and Nick was recommended to us by one of my contacts.“So we pursued that, brought him over, he trained and played and instantly we could see what a player he was, so hopefully we have got him now.” Dundee United have signed experienced Dutch attacker Nick van der Velden on a one-year-deal.The former AZ Alkmaar and Willem II player, who was already training with the Tannadice club, has followed new recruits Cammy Smith and Willo Flood in putting pen to paper within the last week.Talking to the club’s official website, the new recruit said: “I cannot wait to show my skills to the United fans. The manager convinced me when I spoke to him that this was the right club for me. He believes in me and knows what I can bring to United.”Van der Velden, who can operate either as a striker or any of either three secondary striker positions, becomes United’s eighth summer signing.last_img read more

For Iowa’s Deer Hunters, The Wait Is Nearly Over, Shotgun Deer Seasons Begin Dec. 7

first_imgIowa DNR — Heading into Iowa’s busiest outdoor ‘opening day,’ shotgun deer season hunters should expect to see about the same number of deer in the timber as last year – with the possible exception for hunters in south central Iowa, where local deer populations were impacted by an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease.“Our deer herd is trending slightly higher statewide but remains well within our population goals and based on our survey data, I’m expecting another good year for our deer hunters,” said Tyler Harms, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau. “We are watching certain areas in south central Iowa closely and could adjust our future management strategy based on the harvest and population data.”More than 110,000 blaze orange clad hunters and landowners will be pushing and posting the timber in pursuit of Iowa’s legendary whitetails. The first of Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons is December 7-11 followed by the second from December 14-22. Hunters need to pick one of the seasons – only landowners can hunt both.“The shotgun seasons are a pretty awesome tradition we have in Iowa,” Harms said. “The two seasons have the highest participation of hunters which yields the highest deer harvest.”Of the nearly 108,000 deer harvested in Iowa last year, more than 59,000 came from the shotgun seasons. Weather played a factor last year as thousands of hunters switched their licenses from first season to second to avoid a winter storm.Increased opportunitiesIowa hunters have more opportunity to pursue deer this year as the DNR has increased the number of county specific antlerless deer licenses available in 20 counties. The DNR also expanded the January antlerless season beyond Allamakee, Clayton, Wayne and Appanoose counties to include Winneshiek County. Each of the five participating counties still have antlerless licenses available: Allamakee 2,900 licenses; Clayton 1,700 licenses; Wayne 1,800 licenses; Appanoose 1,600 licenses; and Winneshiek 1,700 licenses. The January antlerless season includes the option of using a centerfire rifle .24 caliber and larger as a legal method of take.Chronic wasting disease“We’re encouraging our hunters that if they harvest a deer, to provide a tissue sample that can be tested for chronic wasting disease,” Harms said. “Hunters are key to us reaching our sample goals – which gives us the data to monitor for this disease.”The DNR has a goal of collecting more than 6,500 samples from across the state with the majority coming from counties along the Upper Mississippi River, the Missouri River and in central Iowa along the Missouri border.There are also four special deer management zones each with a quota of antlerless deer tags available to hunters interested in helping collect tissue samples in the area around where a deer tested positive for the always fatal disease. These licenses come with a few additional requirements – hunters must provide a tissue sample and they must hunt within the specified area. Maps are available in the hunting regulations or online at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Deer-Hunting/Deer-Disease-Information.Help Us Stop HungerHunters who want to harvest more deer but don’t have the freezer space are encouraged to consider donating the deer to the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program, Harms said.“HUSH is a great program supported by the DNR and the Food Bank of Iowa that provides high quality lean protein to our neighbors in need,” Harms said.Last year, hunters donated around 4,000 deer which resulted in an estimated 600,000 meals. Any legally harvested deer may be taken to participating locker who will process the deer into two-pound packages of ground deer. There is no fee to the hunter, but Harms suggested they contact the locker before they harvest the deer to see if there are any additional instructions. A list of participating lockers is available at www.iowahush.comCriteria for allowable straight-walled cartridgesHunters may use rifles firing straight walled cartridges during both shotgun deer seasons and the January antlerless seasons. The DNR uses the specifications as published by the manufacturer to determine if the caliber meets the following parameters:– Center-fired straight-walled rimless cartridges with bullets from 0.357” to 0.500” diameter as published by the manufacturer and a case length from 0.850” to 1.800.”– Center-fired straight-walled rimmed cartridges with bullets from 0.357” to 0.500” diameter as published by the manufacturer with a case length from 1.285” to 1.800.”Based on the specifications published by its manufacturer, the 350 Legend is an allowable straight-walled cartridge for deer hunting.The following cartridges do not meet the above criteria, but were grandfathered in and are allowed: .444 Marlin, .375 Winchester and .45-70 Govt.Report your harvestHunters who are successful are reminded of the harvest reporting requirement. Hunters must report their harvest to the DNR by midnight on the day after it is tagged or before taking it to a locker, taxidermist or processing it for consumption. Reporting takes only a few minutes and can be done online at www.iowadnr.gov, through the Go Outdoors IA app, by calling the toll-free number listed on the deer tag or at any of the 700 license sales agents across the state. The final step is to write the confirmation number on the harvest report tag. Donated deer hides benefit disabled veteransHunters donated more than 4,300 deer hides to Elks Lodges across Iowa last year, which was an increase of over 1,000 hides from 2017. The deer hides are used by the Veterans Leather Program to make professionally-crafted leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and also turned in to leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.The Veterans Leather Program relies on the charity of hunters to donate their deer hides. Hunters willing to donate their hides are encouraged to contact the local Elks Lodge for drop off locations or visit www.elks.org/lodges to find the nearest lodge. The therapeutic kits and gloves are distributed at no cost to the veterans. Contact Lisa Widick at 208-360-6294 or ozzywidick@gmail.com for more information.last_img read more

Marshfield boys soccer comes up short at Menasha

first_imgWellens scores twice for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMENASHA — The Marshfield boys soccer team nearly overcame a four-goal deficit but came up just short, dropping a nonconference game to Menasha 4-3 on Friday at Calder Stadium.Menasha scored all four of its goals in the first half before the Tigers stormed back.Isaac Wellens scored 8:54 into the second half, and Kyle Tremelling added another goal with just less than nine minutes remaining to cut it to 4-2.Wellens hit on a penalty kick with 50 seconds left in regulation for the final goal as the Tigers came up one goal short of pulling off a tie.Austin Mannigel had three saves in goal for Marshfield, which drops to 3-6 this season.Marshfield plays at Wausau West on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Bluejays 4, Tigers 3Marshfield 0 3 – 3Menasha 4 0 – 4First half: 1. MEN, Kabumbu Tshitamba (Ricardo Gomez), 6:50; 2. MEN, Gomez (Edgar Granados), 29:46; 3. MEN, Ed. Granados (Justin Zirimwabagabo), 31:17; 4. MEN, Ed. Granados (Eric Granados), 44:05.Second half: 5. MAR, Isaac Wellens, 53:54; 6. MAR, Kyle Tremelling, 81:15; 7. MAR, Wellens (penalty kick), 89:10.Total shots: Marshfield 9; Menasha 11.Shots on goal: Marshfield 7; Menasha 7.Saves: Menasha 4; MAR, Austin Mannigel 3.Records: Marshfield 3-6; Menasha 6-4-1.last_img read more

Weekly Writers Round-Up: Overpopulation, Taxes, and Trailer Parks

first_imgEach week, we’ll be featuring the work of the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on the program, see here. Applications for the fall session are now open!Betsy DeVos Pulls a Nikki Haley, Tells Conservative Students to Actually Consider Opposing Arguments by Philip Wegmann (Spring 2016) in The Washington ExaminerAt a moment when memes sadly double as not-so-meaningful discourse, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged conservative students to try engaging with ideas rather than just trolling enemies for a change. A good education, DeVos told the crowd at the High School Leadership Summit hosted by Turning Point USA, means “learning about ideas — and not just the ones you agree with! It’s way more than putting a face or a phrase on a T-shirt”…How Big of a Problem is Overpopulation? by Chelsea Follett (Summer 2017) in ForbesUnwarranted panic about overpopulation is a big problem that has led to human rights abuses and much pointless suffering. Consider the long history of overpopulation alarmism, and how the doomsayers’ fears have failed to materialize again and again. Two centuries ago, Thomas Malthus’s Essay on Population warned that out-of-control population growth would deplete resources and bring about widespread famine. His preferred solution was to decrease the birth rate by delaying marriage, but if that didn’t work he endorsed some rather extreme measures to slash the population. To prevent famine, he thought it was morally permissible to “court the return of the plague” by making the poor live in swamps and even to ban “specific remedies for ravaging diseases”…The Urbanist Case for Trailer Parks by Nolan Gray (Fall 2015) in CityLabAs housing advocates howl for more construction and NIMBYS square off with YIMBYs over density in many cities, state and local leaders find themselves with limited options. Although programs like the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Section 8 have been successful at increasing affordable housing and defraying rising rents, federal policy is unlikely to provide a comprehensive fix for the mounting housing crisis soon. Cities need to find politically palatable, low-cost ways of adding housing now. Luckily, we already have a source of market-provided housing that’s self-funded, affordable, and efficient. There’s just one snag: In many of the places it’s needed most, it’s illegal…With the GOP’s Plans For Tax Cuts 2.0, Hope For Fiscal Responsibility Dwindles by John Kristof (Summer 2018) in The Daily CallerIt doesn’t take an economist to realize that current GOP fiscal policy is closer to progressive Keynesianism than conservative Hayekianism. Republicans recently passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill, which will help inflate the deficit to over a trillion dollars by next year. Aside from the deficits in Obama’s first term, this year’s deficit is the highest ever. Contributing to the skyrocketing deficit is hundreds of billions of dollars in increased non-defense federal spending, a political move hardly any GOP members would have endorsed just a few years ago…last_img read more

Midterm Elections Pick Up Speed On Social Media

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/ejchang/2985127273/Midterm elections are historically less popular than their presidential counterparts, but they’re gaining speed on social media, reports the Pew Research Center. Pew’s latest study indicates that more than twice as many registered voters have been active on social media regarding the 2014 midterm elections as compared to 2010 midterms. For example, about 16% of voters now follow candidates, political parties or elected officials on social media, compared to just 6% four years ago. Granted, 16% is a pretty small slice of the pie, but it’s still a 10% hike. According to a Pew Research tweet, voters are most likely to follow political figures on social media in order to learn about political news first (41%) and feel more connected to candidates and political parties (35%). However, votes don’t necessarily believe they’re getting the least biased news from political figures—40% find it to be “less reliable” than traditional news. See also: Twitter Demystified: How To RT, MT, #FF And Fave Like A ProOn Tuesday, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr all highlighted features to encourage social media users to vote. Clicking on Tumblr’s custom election logo prompts users to find their polling place. Facebook put up a midterm elections dashboard last month, and Tuesday provided a widget that easily lets users update their status to show contacts that they’ve voted. Twitter launched an election page last week where users could determine which election discussions are most buzzworthy on Twitter. Photo by Eunice Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img lauren orsini Tags:#2014 midterm election#election#Facebook#politics#social media#Tumblr#twitter The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more